Monday, August 17, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Christianity Volume 2


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 08/16/2015

TITLE: Christianity - Volume 2

FORMAT: VHS

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 45 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 12.3 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 2410.8 miles

SYNOPSIS: The second 1,000 years of the Christian faith are explored, from 1000AD through the 1500s.  

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: There is little difference between religion and politics.  Nothing has really changed in the course of human behavior over the centuries.

PROS AND CONS: A very good documentary series.  Since there are no photographs or archival footage of the Spanish Inquisition and the Protestant Reformation, most of this series is voice over while looking at paintings, tapestries and illustrations from the time in question.  

While that may seem rather boring, the narrative of how the Christian church bobbed and weaved through time to take into account the changing morals and perception of authority and religion is very interesting.  

Since most of us are indoctrinated into a religion based on our family or friends, it is important that anyone considering the worship of a particular faith needs to watch a series such as this.  My belief is that many people who consider themselves ‘religious’ don’t really understand how the religion that they profess to believe in really came about and what its root are.  

If I was a young child and showed this documentary, I would have probably have forgone religion all together, since it paints a picture of a very corrupt and self serving institution.


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.